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Injury Analysis

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Monday, December 6, 2010

People focused on number-related karma will be glad to know that unlucky Week 13 was actually not so cruel from an injury standpoint, with a few notable exceptions (Dez Bryant's ankle and Ben Roethlisberger's nose being among them). Here's a look at the key injury news from Sunday:

Brett Favre, shoulder

Early Outlook: According to beat writer Judd Zulgad, Favre has a sprained "SC joint" in his right shoulder and is headed for an MRI on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Coach Leslie Frazier made it clear that Favre will be his starter next week if healthy, and that MRI will obviously be vital in determining how things shake out. Tarvaris Jackson (15-for-22, 187 yards, two TDs, three INTs) is next in line.

Dez Bryant, ankle

Early Outlook: According to ESPN Dallas, Bryant will have surgery for a fractured right ankle on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: This ends Bryant's season. Though the rookie had combined for just four catches and 22 yards the past three weeks, his absence should mean additional targets and a boost in value for Roy Williams.

Seattle Mike Williams, ankle

Early Outlook: Williams left in the first quarter with an ankle injury after appearing to get rolled up on by teammate Justin Forsett.

Fantasy Impact: Per beat writer Danny O'Neil, this was not related to Williams' previous foot injury, but it's unclear if BMW will be ready for Week 14. On another Seahawks WR-related note, O'Neil reports that Ben Obomanu (wrist laceration) says he will be back next week.

Ben Roethlisberger, nose

Early Outlook: Big Ben suffered a broken nose on Pittsburgh's first series of the night and proceeded to play with blood adorning his uniform and face.

Fantasy Impact: He's probably in quite a bit of pain, but Roethlisberger might have played through it if his nose had been detached altogether. This shouldn't be a concern from a fantasy perspective.

Mike Goodson, shoulder

Early Outlook: Goodson (three carries, 19 yards, one TD, no receptions) left in the fourth quarter on Sunday with what the Gaston Gazette is reporting as a sprained AC joint.

Fantasy Impact: Injured or no, Goodson was clearly surpassed by Jonathan Stewart on Sunday and is likely to play a secondary role in the Panthers' attack going forward.

Max Hall (shoulder) and Derek Anderson (possible concussion)

Early Outlook: Per beat writer Darren Urban, Max Hall revealed that he dislocated his left (non-throwing) shoulder during Sunday's game and is likely to miss multiple weeks. Meanwhile, Kent Somers reports that the Cards believe Anderson may have suffered a concussion.

Fantasy Impact: Prepare for John Skelton. The rookie went 3-for-6 in relief duty on Sunday and would be a wildly risky desperation play even in two-QB leagues next week.

Brian Hartline, finger

Early Outlook: Hartline left Sunday's game in the second quarter and tried to return in the second half before shutting it down for the day.

Fantasy Impact: Hartline came in averaging 82 receiving yards the past four weeks, so his loss would be a notable one, particularly in PPR leagues. No word yet on his availability for next week.

Mike Hart, ankle

Early Outlook: Hart re-injured his ankle in the third quarter of Sunday's game and didn't return.

Fantasy Impact: Javarris James led the Colts with 18 rushing yards (and two TDs) on Sunday, and this is a backfield best avoided unless you're desperate – at least until Joseph Addai returns.

Todd Heap, hamstring

Early Outlook: Heap left with a hamstring injury after the Ravens' first play from scrimmage and didn't return.

Fantasy Impact: Ed Dickson (three catches, 21 yards) would be the primary beneficiary if Heap is out next week, but there should be better replacement options on the wire in your league.

Heath Miller, concussion

Early Outlook: Miller left with one catch for nine yards and didn't return.

Fantasy Impact: No word yet if he'll be cleared for Week 14, but considering that he hasn't had a TD in seven weeks, this one doesn't have much fantasy impact
either way.

Legedu Naanee, hamstring

Early Outlook: Naanee (one catch, 14 yards) left in the third quarter with an aggravation of his hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact: Even at full health, Naanee is not high on the priority list of Philip Rivers' targets and belongs on waivers in most formats.

Darren Sproles, concussion

Early Outlook: Sproles left in the second quarter and did not return.

Fantasy Impact: With Sproles sidelined, Mike Tolbert was extra active in the passing game, with season highs of six catches and 47 receiving yards.

Flozell Adams, ankle

Early Outlook: The Pittsburgh right tackle, who has dealt with ankle trouble since Week 7, left in the third quarter on Sunday night with an apparent aggravation of the same injury.

Fantasy Impact: Adams was headed for X-rays Sunday night, with the Steelers' already depleted offensive line (and Rashard Mendenhall) anxiously awaiting the results.

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  • Packers RE Cullen Jenkins was carted off late on Sunday after aggravating his calf injury, a significant hit to the Green Bay pass rush.

  • Bucs CB Aqib Talib told the St. Petersburg Times that the hip injury he suffered on Sunday was a non-contact situation, which is often a worrisome sign. Talib said that "I'll probably know something [on Monday]" with regard to what the nature of the injury is.

  • Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers left with an undisclosed injury, explained by beat writer Kent Babb as being "bad enough that two guys were lifting him and carrying the guy toward the locker room." It's possible that Flowers aggravated his previous hamstring injury, but that was unclear as of Sunday night.

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